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Hasan claims BNP may face split

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Staff Reporter
Claiming that some BNP leaders are covertly maintaining link with them, Awami League publicity affairs secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said BNP may face split in the party alongside its alliance.
“The 20-party alliance is on the verge of collapse. Some parties have already quit it while some others given ultimatum to do so,” he said.
Addressing a human chain program, Mahmud further said, “Not only the alliance, but also BNP is facing split. The party may fall apart any time. Many BNP leaders are keeping close contact with us in the darkness of night.”
Bangladesh Swadhinata Parishad arranged the program in front of the National Press Club protesting the second phase of the 24-hour nationwide hartal enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami demanding the release of its leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee who was jailed unto death by the Supreme Court for crime against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, commuting his capital punishment.
Mahmud, also a former minister, alleged that BNP has called the daylong hartal for Monday to save the war criminals and check its imminent split in their party and alliance by destabilizing the country.
Meanwhile, a faction of National Democratic Party (NDP) on Saturday gave BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia a 72-hour ultimatum to meet its five-point demand, including 'more democratic practice' within the BNP-led coalition.
On August 24, a faction of National People's Party (NPP), led by Sheikh Showkat Hossain Nilu, quit the 20-party platform. A faction of NAP Bhasani, National People’s Party, Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Muslim League also left the 20-party alliance.
Mahmud claimed that BNP is going to enforce the hartal on Monday just to make Jamaat happy, not to lodge its protest against the 16th amendment.
He warned of stern action if BNP again tries to subvert the country by calling hartal and resorting to torching and vandalizing as they did in 2013. “BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will have to be arrested, if necessary.”
The ruling party leader also claimed that the country’s people have rejected the second phase of Jamaat’s hartal as they did the first one.